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Nathan Chen

2018 Winter Olympic Games - Season 2018
Figure Skating USA

Nathan Chen

Nathan Chen
  • Birth date 5/05/1999
  • Birthplace Salt Lake City, UT, Utah
  • Hometown Irvine, California
  • Residence California
  • Height/Weight 5'5"/

Biography

Nathan Chen has pushed figure skating forward by challenging his competitors to add more quadruple jumps – high-scoring jumps with four rotations in the air before hitting the ground. At the 2016 U.S. Championships, Chen became the first man to perform four quads in a free skate, and was rewarded with a bronze medal. Later that day, skating in an exhibition gala, he attempted another quad and injured his hip so badly that he required surgery. He was off the ice for six months.

Chen returned for the 2016-17 season better than ever. He competed at two Grand Prix events and qualified for the exclusive Grand Prix Final, where he earned a silver medal. Chen won gold at the 2017 U.S. Championships in record fashion: He won by a margin of 55 points and became the first skater to include five quads in a free skate. Chen, who trains with Rafael Arutunian in California, visited legendary ice dancing coach Marina Zoueva in Michigan to tune up the artistic side of his skating. Zoueva has coached Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to ice dance gold in 2010 and Meryl Davis and Charlie White, from the U.S., to ice dance gold in 2014. Chen won his next competition, the Four Continents Championships (held at the PyeongChang Olympic venue), ahead of 2014 Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan.

Chen entered the 2017 World Championships as a medal favorite. He became the first man to complete six quads in a free skate at the competition but ultimately finished sixth due to a combination of nerves, boot problems, and his longest season ever. He called it a learning experience and planned on looking ahead to the Olympic season.
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Getting to know Nathan Chen

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Began skating at age 3 in Salt Lake City, his hometown and the host city of the 2002 Olympics

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Originally got on the ice to become a hockey goalie, but fell in love with skating

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Trains alongside Ashley Wagner and Adam Rippon in California

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